Victory for Ridge-nosed rattle snake & Mexican spotted owl

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Western Watersheds Project Wins Protections For Endangered Species on Forests in Arizona and New Mexico


Tuesday, Western Watersheds Project and co-plaintiff Center for Biological Diversity were victorious in federal district court at demonstrating that the Forest Service has failed to monitor Endangered Species Act protected Mexican spotted owl and Ridge-nosed rattlesnake in national forests throughout Arizona and New Mexico.

The district court sided with WWP and instituted interim protective guidelines enjoining and restricting livestock grazing and timber sales on Forests where the activities threaten the continued recovery of the species :

TUCSON, Ariz.— A federal judge on Tuesday sided with the Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s chronic refusal to monitor the health of threatened and endangered species in national forests throughout Arizona and New Mexico.

The 2010 suit alleged that the Forest Service failed to monitor populations of species, including the Mexican spotted owl and ridge-nosed rattlesnake, as required by a 2005 “biological opinion” authorizing implementation of forest plans for national forests in Arizona and New Mexico.


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